Podcast: Clarity not claret this Christmas…please

The BackinBuisness team catches up with some of the small businesses people we met in 2020. How have they fared, where are they hoping to be this time next year and what support do they need to get there? We put the points raised to John Stephenson MP for Carlisle and chair of APPGs on family business and food and drink.

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Podcast: Deal or no deal?

Businesses need to know what’s in the Brexit Box. Adam Payne has been writing about Brexit for years and here we are at the 11th hour and 59th second little the wiser. Alex Stewart has a healthy business that he’d like to keep that way but he’s all at sea. With 17 days to go til the end of the transition period all small business owners want to know now is what to prepare for.  We can’t promise that clarity, just great discussion.

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Podcast: In too deep?

As if the Covid restrictions weren’t enough to grapple with, business owners are watching incomes plummet, savings dwindle and having to use the household budget to try to keep the business afloat. There’s a perfect storm of debt, loan repayments and tax demands brewing.

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Podcast: The jury is out

We’ve endured lockdowns, firebreaks and tiers and are facing restrictions for months to come while new vaccines are perfected and rolled out. Saving lives is the priority, but restrictions are leading to job losses and business failure, increased poverty and worsening mental health? Is there any alternative? Some scientists think there may be but their views have attracted huge criticism.

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Podcast: It’s everyone’s business

Whether you’re doing business in Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland or England, you’re facing restrictions. Some are just starting while others are coming to an end and there are tiers upon tiers to navigate. But ultimately the result is the same: small businesses are taking a hit with many fearing for their futures.

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Podcast: Women building back

Covid has been hard on businesses and self-employed people in many sectors. And we’ve been hearing that women of all ages, ethnicity and backgrounds have been hit particularly badly because of the sectors they work in. Professor Julia Rouse has the figures and Claudia, Anna and Amy have the experiences. Join them as they discuss 2020 and the future. 

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